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Lily’s in Bon Appetit and New York Magazine

Popcorn with Donkey and Goat’s Lily’s Cuvee

These pairings of movies and wines are all, more or less, exercises in abstraction. The reality is you’ll probably be pairing your wine more often with popcorn than with whatever’s on the screen. To go with that, Vann suggests an American petillant-naturel: Lily’s Cuvee, made in Berkeley, CA, from grapes grown in the nearby Anderson Valley. Pet-Nat, as devotees call it, is, says Vann, “a naturally sparkling wine. Basically, it’s bottled with live yeasts and sugar. It gets drier and more pressurized as it ages. The Donkey and Goat’s Lily’s Cuvee is amazing. It’s really yeasty and mineral, but it has a lot of fruit. It’s 100 percent Chardonnay, and it’s weird because it’s, like, I’ve been shunning big fruity Chardonnays for years now. And this is not exactly a fruit bomb, but the hint of residual sugar is really cool, and useful with savory food. Drink it out of the bottle, after sneaking it into the theater.”

Matthew Kronsberg, Bon Appetit
Fall Movie Wine Pairings with Justin Vann
August 15, 2013

Lily’s is number 5

 

5. Lily’s Cuvée 2012 Chardonnay, Donkey and Goat 
Buoyant and unfiltered, made from Anderson Valley grapes by a Berkeley urban winery ($29.95 at Vine Wine).

Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite, New York Magazine
Pét-Nat, Champagne’s Hip Younger Sister, Hits Its Peak Season
July 22, 2013